Hover Fly and a Few Words on Macro

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I could photograph hover flies all day long, they look silly as they fly around some interesting vegetation. Because of the narrow depth of field most macro guides suggest photographing insects from the side. You can clearly see how F11 has barely covered the scene, for example, one wing is out of focus. This is a small fly and it was photographed from only a few inches away but I have cropped in closer. The other thing you will note is that the background, when it goes out of focus, halos just a bit on the edge of the leaves. That said the light has reached into the background illuminating shadows and highlights. I used flash and some edits were done to remove a few reflections.

10 responses

  1. Beautiful !!

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    May 16, 2016 at 1:05 am

  2. Wonderful work and informative post. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a Hover fly. Interesting face. It sort of has a body of a wasp.

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    May 16, 2016 at 9:30 am

  3. It’s a beauty, Victor!

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    May 16, 2016 at 9:32 pm

  4. Excellent portrait. I think F11 works very well in your image, and lack of detail on the far wing isn’t an issue at all. It’s most important that the near wing, eye/face, and abdomen have good detail – just as you have it.

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    May 16, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    • Agreed I just wanted to explain how things turn out. Perfection is almost always impossible. Does not mean the photo was bad.

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      May 16, 2016 at 10:47 pm

  5. Really nice image buddy, great informative description as well.

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    May 20, 2016 at 3:28 am

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